Eisele Vineyards 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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100 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -  Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon charges from the gate with exuberant red and black cherries notes, black currants and mulberries with a beautiful roses and lavender perfume, plus hints of sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright explosive in the mouth, it is still wearing loads of gorgeous puppy-fat fruit flavors, offering suggestions of the complex, multilayered blockbuster that it will emerge into. The structure deserves its own mention: wonderful, seamless freshness and oh-so-fine, pixelated tannins, with an extraordinary persistence of fruit and mineral nuances. Wow. 

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98 Points James Suckling

WINEGROWING INFORMATION

A mild and exceptionally dry winter led to early bud break, followed by the earliest bloom on record at the end of April. Fruit set was harmonious across the parcels showing once again the strength of the old vines and remarkable consistency of the terroir. While a cool May exposed the region to shatter and very low yields, the vines of Eisele Vineyard were protected by early growth and well-balanced canopies. Warm days through the summer fostered steady ripening, leading to the September 5 start of our Cabernet harvest, the earliest since 2001. The fruit received at the winery was of exceptional quality. Harvest ended on September 15th.

The Eisele Vineyard grapes are certified ‘Organic’ by CCOF and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.

TASTING NOTES

Our winemaking team notes: “The 2015 vintage is full of energy. The initial nose is spicy with forward notes of cinnamon, vanilla, blonde tobacco, and cumin. With a swirl, highly expressive lily and rose aromas immediately lift from the glass, followed by a dark bouquet of black currant and boysenberry. The mouthfeel is characterized by round and silky tannins with great tension and energy. Fresh summer fruits are dominant with a hint of bayleaf and black olive, with earthier notes and spices building complexity as the wine lingers in a suave and long finish, characteristic of the Eisele Terroir.

GRAPE SOURCE 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

1,575 cases made

Release date: June 6, 2018

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